APPROVED AT THE DECEMBER 6, 2004 MEETING

GRADUATE COUNCIL MINUTES
547th Meeting
November 1, 2004


MEMBERS PRESENT: Abdel-Motaleb, Arado, Biswas, Bose, Campbell, Carnahan, Castle (for Jackson), Changnon, Cole, Darrah, Factor, Gupta, Harris, Holt (for Lockard), Hurych, Johnson, Karonis, Swanson, Waas

MEMBERS ABSENT: Fernald, Lim, Miranda, Muskievicz, Nuzzo, Richgels, Rose, Russell, Schneider, Willis

OTHERS PRESENT: Sandra Arntz (Secretary), Debra Pierce (International Programs), Paul Stoddard (University Council), Kay Van Mol (Catalog Editor/ Curriculum Coordinator)


Rathindra Bose, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, called the meeting to order at 10 a.m. The October 4, 2004 minutes were moved for approval by Hurych, seconded by Abdel-Motaleb, and carried unanimously.

Debra Pierce, Director of International Programs, addressed the committee to explain further ramifications of 9/11. Pierce explained that the Social Security Administration is tightening procedures for obtaining a social security number for international students. While graduate students with assistantships will still be able to obtain social security numbers, those graduate students without assistantships will not be able to obtain social security numbers without documented job offers. Not having a social security number will inevitably lead to difficulties for these students, particularly in obtaining a driver’s license, obtaining a cell phone, obtaining housing, etc. There is an urgent need to find another mechanism to allow students that are not employed to obtain social security numbers. Pierce explained that a significant number of international students are on campus under their own support, and may decide to go elsewhere if a solution to the social security number issue is not resolved. Furthermore, our ability to attract highly qualified international students will be significantly hindered. Many American institutions have been lobbying to get these requirements modified, but have not yet been successful.

Committee Reports

Graduate Council Curriculum Committee

Harris moved to approve the committee’s recommendations, seconded by Abdel-Motaleb. The following new courses, course deletions, course revisions, and other changes in catalog copy were approved.

ALL-UNIVERSITY SECTION

 

 

Requirements for Graduate Degrees Student-at-large, Study-Abroad, and Transfer Credit

 

In the Department of English no more than 15 semester hours of transfer work and/or credit earned as a student-at-large may be applied toward a graduate degree (addition)

 

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

 

 

College Introductory Section

 

College Mission Statement (revisions)

 

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

 

 

Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education

 

CAHC 525, 550 (revisions) Master of Science in Education in Counseling (revisions)

 

Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment

 

ETT *455 (deletion, Graduate Catalog only)

 

Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations

 

EPS 579 (course revision)

 

Department of Teaching and Learning

 

TLCI 609, 652 (course additions)

 

COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SCIENCES

 

 

College Introductory Section

 

IHHS *450 (course revision)

 

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES

 

 

Department of Biological Sciences

 

BIOS *478 (course addition)

 

Department of English

 

ENGL 546 (course addition) Introductory material (revisions) Footnote 4 (revisions)

 

Department of Geography

 

GEOG *430, *453 (course revisions)

 

Department of Geology & Environmental Geosciences

 

GEOL *429 (course revision) Certificate of Graduate Study – Earth Science Education (revisions)

 

Department of Mathematical Sciences

 

 

MATH 539 (course addition) Master of Science in Mathematics – Specializations in Applied Mathematics and Computational Mathematics (revisions) Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical Sciences – Course Requirements (revisions)

 

Department of Political Science

 

POLS *404, *405, *432, *460 (course deletions) POLS *480 (course revisions)

 

Department of Psychology

 

PSYC 579, 699A (course revisions)

 

ALL-UNIVERSITY CHANGE/BACK SECTIONS IDSP *493 (course addition)



Graduate Fellowship Committee

Gupta reported that the Fellowship Committee met last week. Only 4 theses were submitted, and fellowship support will remain at the same level as in former years.

New Business

Student Grievance Procedure Task Force: Paul Stoddard, University Council, explained to the committee that the University Council has issued a charge to the Faculty Senate to develop a student grievance procedure. It is stipulated that the task force include two graduate or professional students appointed by the Graduate Council. It was agreed that the Graduate Council committee members will forward nominations to the Graduate School, and that the nominations will be voted on in the next Graduate Council meeting.

Old Business

Graduate students’ stipend levels: Carnahan reported that NIU’s stipend levels are below the 25th percentile of the national norms. Bose reported that this information needs to be discussed with university administrators for competitive recruiting and is asking all departments to provide him with information relative to their stipend levels compared to comparable departments in other universities.

The meeting was adjourned at 11 a.m.